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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Of an Uneasy Time That All is Not Well: Shifts in Perceptions of British Identity in the Postcolonial Era and the Punk and Postpunk Scenes 1976-1980s
by Parrill, James Scott, Jr., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 116; 10250017
Abstract (Summary)

The aim of this project is to explore throughout the course of the period between 1976 to 1986 the evolution of punk and postpunk music in Britain, and how patterns of change occurred over time through examining the music and historical events that inspired it through regional, gendered, and political lenses. The project involves the analysis of how musicians were able to transcend the socio-cultural constructs and prejudices of their region, class, or gender through the transformative nature of punk music and its subset, postpunk; both through performativity and the smashing of Britain’s preoccupation with the collective memory of Empire that was more representative of being romanticized than the actual historical reality. The project involves the use of song analysis, album covers, artwork, and videos to dissect how these brazen musical genres allowed marginalized new voices to be heard in postwar Britain as a whole.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Jennifer A.
Commitee: Hedley, Mark, Manuel, Jeffrey T.
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Historical Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European history, Music, Modern history
Keywords: Britain, Gender, Music, Punk rock, Race, Regionalism, Thatcherism
Publication Number: 10250017
ISBN: 978-1-369-55192-1
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